Aaron Rodgers missed one game due to the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, but he thinks there’s a good chance he will return to the field when the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field on Sunday.
The Packers QB joined “The Pat McAfee Show” on Tuesday, just four days following his most recent appearance where he claimed he didn’t lie about his COVID-19 vaccination status. When discussing Green Bay’s upcoming matchup, the veteran said there’s a “small possibility” he will be out for a second straight week.
The earliest Rodgers can return to the team is Saturday, Nov. 14, in accordance with the NFL’s protocols. He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Wednesday, Nov. 3, after testing positive. He said he will “absolutely” start if he is eligible to return to the team ahead of the game.
Unvaccinated players must isolate for a minimum of 10 days and be asymptomatic before they can return following a positive test. Vaccinated players, meanwhile, just need two negative tests more than 24 hours apart and must be asymptomatic before they are allowed to return. While Rodgers told reporters in August that he was “immunized,” he has not received a league-approved vaccine and is designated as an unvaccinated player in the NFL’s eyes.
The Packers turned to second-year quarterback Jordan Love to fill Rodgers’ absence in Week 9 on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs. Love and the Packers’ offense struggled to get things going and eventually fell by a score of 13-7, snapping the team’s seven-game winning streak.
While the stats and eye test were not stellar, Rodgers said on Tuesday that he was encouraged by what he saw from his understudy at Arrowhead Stadium.
Another development with Rodgers came when the NFL distributed updated COVID-19 protocols to teams on Tuesday. Teams were reminded that unvaccinated players must wear a mask at all times when indoors.
Rodgers had previously done interviews from the Packers’ media room, whereas other unvaccinated players had been doing them through video conference.
Kickoff between the Packers and Seahawks is set for 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday.